SMCU Launches Innovative After-School Program
Apply Now: 2015 San Mateo County Scholars Application
San Mateo Credit Union (SMCU) has announced the introduction of San Mateo County Scholars (SMCS), an after-school program designed exclusively for high-school girls who are the first in their families to attend college. Conducted by professional women, the program focuses on building and strengthening financial literacy and leadership skills and preparing for the challenges of higher education.
Program components include workshops, presentations, and field trips that will be held throughout the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year. The curriculum will address important topics such as budgeting, applying for scholarships and financial aid, understanding credit, and creating a résumé. Each student will be required to create and implement a financial-education research project and will be assigned a mentor to assist her.
To assist with transportation, all participants are eligible for a Caltrain or youth bus pass. They will also receive a stipend of $300—disbursed upon completion of the program—to be used for education-related purposes. The program is limited to 20 participants.
To take part in SMCS, students must be female, in grades 9 through 12 at a San Mateo County high school, have a minimum GPA of 2.0, and must complete a 500-word-minimum essay on the topic: How can the SMCS program help me achieve my financial and educational goals?
Students interested in applying for the program can download the attached PF or obtain an application form at any SMCU branch. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, December 17. 2014.
SMCU extends its sincere thanks to the Global Women’s Leadership Network and the World Credit Union Council for their generous grant that allows us to provide this valuable program.